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Porter has career night as Wizards beat Mavericks 114-111

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Porter has career night as Wizards beat Mavericks 114-111

DALLAS (AP) -- Otto Porter scored a career-high 28 points, John Wall had 26 points and 16 assists and the Washington Wizards ended an 11-game losing streak against the Dallas Mavericks with a 114-111 victory Saturday night.

Washington had not beaten Dallas since Oct. 27, 2009. The Wizards were playing their second straight game without Bradley Beal. The team announced before the game that Beal would be sidelined for at least two weeks with a right leg injury. Beal is the team's second-leading scorer with 19.8 points per game.

Porter more than picked up the slack, scoring 17 points during Washington's 39-point third quarter as the Wizards built a 21-point lead. He made seven of eight shots during the period, including three 3-pointers.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 28 points, including six 3-pointers. Matthews hit 10 3s last Sunday in Dallas' 116-104 win in Washington.

The Mavericks closed the game on a 19-8 rally, pulling within 112-111 on J.J. Barea's two free throws with 4.4 seconds to go. After Wall made a pair with 3.7 seconds left, Dirk Nowitzki's high-arcing 3-pointer grazed the front rim at the buzzer.

Deron Williams sat out for the Mavericks with a stomach illness. Williams is second on the team with 15.3 points per game and leads the team in assists.

The Mavericks split their point guard minutes between Raymond Felton, Barea and Devin Harris. Barea had 21 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, and Felton had 10 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.

Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Washington. Ramon Sessions scored 17 points off the bench.

Playing against the league's worst team at defending the 3-point shot, Dallas wasted no time in attacking from long range. The Mavericks hit four 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the game.

But while Dallas finished with 14 3s for the game, the Wizards had 14 as well for a season high.

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With his 3-pointer with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter, Nowitzki moved past Jason Richardson for 16th all-time in 3-point shots. Nowitzki has 1,609 3s in his career. Next on the list is his longtime teammate and friend Steve Nash with 1,685. . Washington's third-quarter point total matched its best quarter of the season. . Porter's previous career high was 23 points against Atlanta earlier this year. . Wall's assist total was a season high.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Visit Memphis on Monday.

Mavericks: Host Phoenix on Monday.

MORE WIZARDS: Wizards coach Randy Wittman speaks on Bradley Beal injury news

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Devils Backbone Brewing Co. partners with Wizards to create new ‘Full Court Press’ hard lemonade

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. partners with Wizards to create new ‘Full Court Press’ hard lemonade

Excited for the upcoming NBA season? A new beverage is making its way to Capital One Arena.

The Washington Wizards have announced they will be partnering with the award-winning brewer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company for the upcoming NBA season. 

Fans will now be able to purchase the Full Court Press Hard Cherry Lemonade exclusively at Wizards home games, located on the 400 level near section 429/430. The new Wizards-branded cherry hard lemonade will be available on draft and in 16 oz. cans. 

The Full Court Press will feature the Devils Backbone and Wizards logos, in addition to the team’s colors. The design will also include hash marks, a half-court circle to replicate a basketball court, and three stars to honor the District of Columbia. In an effort to generate excitement among Wizards fans, the lemonade's tagline is “Rep The District.” 

Devils Backbone Brewing Company has quite a reputation around the district. In the past, the brewery partnered with the Washington Redskins to create the #ATTR Ale at FedEx Field and this September it will launch the Capi-tale India Pale Ale with the Capitals. 

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Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

With the search on to find some replacement depth following DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently evaluating all options and available players. In the group of potential matches, there's no shortage of players with D.C. ties.

First, it was center Dwight Howard who appeared on the radar. It was reported on Sunday that the Lakers were preparing to open up discussions with the 33-year old center. Howard, who played for L.A. during the 2012-13 season, only appeared in nine games for the Wizards last season while dealing with injury issues.

But, he's not the only former-Wizard in the discussions. A new report states that while the Lakers are preparing to host a workout for Howard, they will also potentially be giving Marcin Gortat a look, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gortat spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in 47 games. Prior to that, he spent five seasons in Washington, proving to be a valuable asset at times. The 35-year old averaged at least 10 points and eight rebounds in four of his five years with the Wizards.

It's still relatively unknown who the Lakers will go with when it comes time to add depth, but there seems to be a good chance that a former-Wizard could be joining Lebron and company for the upcoming season. 

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